Whether the hot water heater shudders when your teenager takes a shower or the air conditioner just can’t work hard enough to keep Grandma cool in summer, upgrading key appliances in your home can significantly improve the comfort of all its occupants. What’s more, replacing older appliances with new ones can help you save money on your utility bills over the life of the product.


Replacing an old water heater or air conditioner with an Energy Star-certified product can trim utility bills significantly. For example, according to EnergyStar.gov, replacing a central air conditioning unit that is 12 years old (or older) with an Energy Star-qualified one could reduce cooling costs by 30 percent, and switching to a solar water heater could cut your water heating bill in half. Additionally, between now and the end of 2016, certain energy-efficient home improvements may qualify you for a federal tax credit. If you install a residential solar water heating system, you could qualify for federal as well as state tax credits and other incentives.

You can find a calculator to help tally the potential payback on a solar water heating system and a federal tax credit estimator to calculate your savings on new or replacement solar powered skylights at www.veluxusa.com.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.